July 2013 | Newsletter archives
No reason to be blue about blueberries
By Eva Cwynar
July is National Blueberry Month as designated by the US Department of Agriculture. On May 8, 1999, the proclamation stated as one of the reasons that blueberries are low in calories and sodium, they’re a source of fiber, and they contribute to achieving the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation to choose a diet with plenty of fruit.
Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. Antioxidants are well known to help fight off heart disease and even cancer. They’re also good for helping reverse the signs of age (it’s why my skin care products also contain antioxidants). The antioxidants in blueberries come from polyphenols. Make sure the blueberries you choose are fresh since frozen berries can lose their antioxidant potential.
Blueberries contain a trace mineral known as manganese that is critical to the development of bones. It also helps the body metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Blueberries are high in fiber which means these little gems help keep your cholesterol low and thus, keep your heart healthy. An added benefit to fiber? It helps regulate your digestive system.
One serving of blueberries, approximately 1 cup, provides about 25% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most common antioxidants. It helps your body absorb iron, assists in the formation of healthy capillaries and collagen and works to keep your immune system healthy.